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cuttingedgeron
10-11-2012, 07:12 PM
The winter months are coming, well for some of us it is. Just wondering what do you guys do with your equipment when you are not using it during the down time? Do you start them up at least once a week or what? I would like to know what everyone does on this. Thanks.

willshome
10-11-2012, 09:45 PM
run it with a LOT of Sta-bil in the tank for five mins. then put it away
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Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
10-12-2012, 07:02 AM
run it with a LOT of Sta-bil in the tank for five mins. then put it away
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I totally agree :D I actually use sta-bil all year long in everything but the truck, It may be wishful thinking on my part but it seems that equipment lasts longer and runs better......Don't forget to blow out the powerwashers also :eek: I didn't last winter but I definately will remember to do it this year with my NEW one ;)

Steve
10-12-2012, 11:06 AM
Don't forget to blow out the powerwashers also I didn't last winter but I definately will remember to do it this year

Yikes! What happened to that? Did the tubes/hoses freeze over?

stevef1201
10-12-2012, 03:53 PM
Just wondering what do you guys do with your equipment when you are not using it during the down time?

Down Time? Here I mow 12 months of the year, there is no down time. I also offer free snow removals to all my customers (located in west central florida) this gets quite a chuckle when people read the ad

Hedgemaster
10-12-2012, 07:24 PM
I know that most say to "run it dry", but I'm not convinced that this removes ALL the gas, and as I understand it, it's not the gas itself that destroys everything - it's the ethanol.

I couldn't say if the following is a good thing to do or not, but it's what I did last season when I put things into storage...

I ran each "dry", then I added a little ethanol-free canned fuel and let each piece of equipment run for 15-20 minutes. Then I put them away.


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Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
10-13-2012, 06:06 AM
Yikes! What happened to that? Did the tubes/hoses freeze over?

Apparently ( according to the dealer ) there was water inside the pump and lines that froze and cracked the pump housing ? :confused:

When I started it in the spring for the first time I had water flying everywhere..:eek:

cuttingedgeron
10-13-2012, 09:01 AM
run it with a LOT of Sta-bil in the tank for five mins. then put it away
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Would you also disconnect the battery from mower or whatever else you are using?

Hedgemaster
10-13-2012, 09:39 AM
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SECTLANDSCAPING
10-13-2012, 10:19 AM
I been running dry then putting a spoon of oil in its place. Just so the seals dont dry out.

I use to use stabil but I had to dump several gallons of gas and clean a bunch of carbs. That was the last time I used stabil.

I thought of the ethanol free cans that hedge mentioned. It would be a lot cheaper if you found a ethanol free gas station.

Hedgemaster
10-13-2012, 11:18 AM
I been running dry then putting a spoon of oil in its place. Just so the seals dont dry out.

I use to use stabil but I had to dump several gallons of gas and clean a bunch of carbs. That was the last time I used stabil.

I thought of the ethanol free cans that hedge mentioned. It would be a lot cheaper if you found a ethanol free gas station.

That would be ideal and I'd use it year round if it were an option. Sadly, ethanol free gasoline does not exist around here.


I saw a demonstration of various fuel stabilizers with water added to the test tubes. Sta-bil and others were not very impressive. Granted, this was a demo by another manufacturer, so I take it with a grain of salt, but I think Sta-bil may be an "old technology" and simply sells because "that's what my father used".

jsslawncare
10-14-2012, 08:45 AM
Don't let them set, keep working! Beg them if you have to.

stevef1201
10-14-2012, 09:39 AM
That would be ideal and I'd use it year round if it were an option. Sadly, ethanol free gasoline does not exist around here.


There is one place near here that has it, but regular gas is 363 and this guy wants 475 per gallon, I will deal with the crap

bruces
10-14-2012, 11:06 AM
pretty sure last winter hedgemeister ran his husky zero turn around on his lawn all winter ,well,at least untill the guys with the straight jackets showed up .:cool::cool::eek:

Hedgemaster
10-14-2012, 07:22 PM
pretty sure last winter hedgemeister ran his husky zero turn around on his lawn all winter ,well,at least untill the guys with the straight jackets showed up .:cool::cool::eek:

(click to see fool riding ZTR with snow falling)


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:D :D :D



Man, I'm glad I returned that thing and bought the Ferris.

Fireman Gus
10-14-2012, 08:42 PM
We start all our equipment weekly during our down time. it is run for about 30 minutes.

Hedgemaster
10-14-2012, 11:02 PM
We start all our equipment weekly during our down time. it is run for about 30 minutes.


Here's my question... aside from keeping the parts "moving", what good does that do?

It's still the same, old gas in there. Most "storage" problems are fuel/carburetor issues, so I'm not sure what running it does.
That said, I'm not much of a mechanic - that's why I ask.



Anyway, I'm not dragging all of my stuff out from the back of the garage just to run it for a few minutes. ;)

Steve
10-15-2012, 12:55 PM
I guess that all depends on how long it takes the fuel being used to start to gum up. If a couple of months can make that happen, then I could see the benefit of starting the equipment. Otherwise, I don't know if there is one.